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Easing fishing costs

THE Scottish Government is moving to meet the costs of a warranty extension as a way of easing fishing industry costs due to the price of fuel, but the plan will need EU state aid approval before it becomes a reality.

Plans to pick up the warranty extension costs (more than £300,000) for satellite monitoring equipment on vessels have been disclosed by Minister Lochhead who stressed the Scottish Government is “very keen” to sit down with the fishing industry to discuss ways of trying to deal with the fuel crisis.

“ If we cannot subsidise fuel directly, we have to look at other ways of reducing costs,” he said, and then “We have now identified funds to pick this up to try to ease financial pressures on the industry.”

Bertie Armstrong welcomed the news but underlined that they would be seeking a whole package of measures to ease the effect of fuel costs, to match measures already offered to other member states. “We need to go a lot further on this issue,” he said.

Given that the price of fuel is hardly likely to go significantly down again, this means that another £300,000+ will be pumped into the catching sector every year.

What chance a similar subsidy for all the angling charter skippers who mainly operate on a catch and release basis ?

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